Runner up in this race last year, the rain has come and looks as though it’s going to continue to fall for Morando, who can go one better. Seen to best effect with plenty of juice in the ground, todays conditions should be perfect. Dropping down in grade from Royal Ascot last time, his form figures at this level since 2018 read 31121. Alignak is a typically progressive type for Sir Michael Stoute, with Hukum and Tritonic three year olds with potential, but they’ll need to thrive under today’s conditions to get near Morando.
Following a promising debut last season, I think it’s safe to say Thibaan has bumped into a couple of very good horses this campaign. Beaten by Frankly Darling at Newcastle, she went on to win at Royal Ascot. Then Thibaan was second to a very exciting debutant called Moving Light when 16 lengths ahead of the third at Leicester. Now in handicap company, Sir Michael Stoute’s filly shouldn’t have anything of that calibre in opposition and can get off the mark.